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Planting An Annual Container Garden

March 16, 2020

With the thought of spending ample time at home for the next couple of weeks, what better time to spruce up the outside. Planting a little container garden is a great afternoon activity with the kids and a good  project to keep coming back to. Follow our steps below to add some color to your pots!

  1. Determine Your Light
    – Full Sun: all day sun from morning into late afternoon
    – Part Sun: six hours of direct sun
    – Morning Sun: sun until noon
    – Filtered Light: dapples sun through a tree canopy
    – Bright Shade: sun does not reach the plants but it is present (example: a covered porch with a sunny area outside the porch)
    – Dense Shade: heavy tree canopy
  2. Prep for Planting a Container
    – Choose a planter that has good drainage with at least a hole or two in the bottom.
    – Use a good potting mix. We recommend Espoma Organic Potting Soil Mix or Moisture Mix
  3. Start Planting!
    – Remove any dead blooms and leaves before starting.
    – Tease the roots to promote good root growth. If the plant is round bound, slice vertically around the rootball with a sharp edge. Note: Not all plants want to have their roots disturbed. Check with us to determine if yours is one of them.
    – Add Biotone Starter to the bottom of the planting hole so the roots come in direct contact with the product.
    – Back fill the area around the plant with soil.
  4. Watering Your Newly Planted Annuals
    – Water thoroughly! Allow water to pass all the way through the container. Note: coco liner dries quickly!
  5. Fertilizing
    – Apply organic Flowertone monthly from spring through September.
    – Use Liquid Bloom very 2-4 weeks throughout the growing season for promoted flower growth. This is excellent for containers and hanging baskets!
  6. Deadheading
    – Most blooming annuals benefit from removing dead flowers. Go to the base of the stem and snip to remove

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